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Ubuntu gets around any possible GPL violations by offering to download and install proprietary drivers (ex., Nvidia) and codecs during installation process. Could something similar work for Android apps?

Yes, it would work - you could deliver the push notification module as a separate APK which talks to the main application part. It's still way more complexity than adding a GPL lib to your app.

The mechanism used by Ubuntu for such drivers is completely unrelated to GPL violations. It's just there so the non-free software doesn't get installed by default. If there would be any violation without it, there would still be a violation with it.

Just curious, does it means that a proprietary application downloaded through an open-source GPL script makes the whole (application + script) "GPL compliant" ?

GPL seems like it gets in the way more than it helps.

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